This revised and expanded third edition is enhanced with many additional examples that will help motivate the reader. New features include a reorganized and extended chapter on hyperbolic equations, as well as a new chapter on the relations between different types of partial differential equations, including first-order hyperbolic systems, Langevin and Fokker-Planck equations, viscosity solutions for elliptic PDEs, and much more. Also, the new edition contains additional material on systems of elliptic partial differential equations, and it explains in more detail how the Harnack inequality can be used for the regularity of solutions.
• discrete structures and graph theory
• stochastic processes
• dynamical systems and partial differential equations
• optimization and the calculus of variations.
The biological applications range from molecular to evolutionary and ecological levels, for example:
• cellular reaction kinetics and gene regulation
• biological pattern formation and chemotaxis
• the biophysics and dynamics of neurons
• the coding of information in neuronal systems
• phylogenetic tree reconstruction
• branching processes and population genetics
• optimal resource allocation
• sexual recombination
• the interaction of species.
Written by one of the most experienced and successful authors of advanced mathematical textbooks, this book stands apart for the wide range of mathematical tools that are featured. It will be useful for graduate students and researchers in mathematics and physics that want a comprehensive overview and a working knowledge of the mathematical tools that can be applied in biology. It will also be useful for biologists with some mathematical background that want to learn more about the mathematical methods available to deal with biological structures and data.
· simply as an overview of the panorama of mathematical structures and the relations between them, to be supplemented by more detailed texts whenever you want to acquire a working knowledge of some structure
· by itself as a first introduction to abstract mathematics
· together with existing textbooks, to put their results into a more general perspective
· to gain a new and hopefully deeper perspective after having studied such textbooks
Mathematical Concepts has a broader scope and is less detailed than standard mathematical textbooks so that the reader can readily grasp the essential concepts and ideas for individual needs. It will be suitable for advanced mathematicians, postgraduate students and for scientists from other fields with some background in formal reasoning.